On Tuesday, August 9, Kenyans queued to vote for their preferred successor to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Among those seeking to take over from Uhuru Kenyatta include Deputy President William Ruto and Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
The two are the front runners in this year’s presidential race.
However, as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) continues with the vote tallying exercise, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party supporters have exuded confidence that Raila will win this battle.
In a statement on Wednesday, August 10, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said he was optimistic that Raila Odinga will beat Deputy President William Ruto in the State House race despite the neck-to-neck range between the two.
In a social media post, Sifuna said that the State House is blue and that they were only waiting for presidential results from Kakamega and Mandera counties to call this election.
“As SG of ODM I do not peddle rumors. We are awaiting Presidential results from only two counties, Kakamega and Mandera. Knowing how these counties vote, we are ready to call this election. State House is Blue,” Sifuna said in a statement.
Other Raila allies also joined in with their versions of their final tally saying William Ruto has already lost the presidential race and all is left is for IEBC chairman to declare the winner.
” With more than 97% polling stations tallied, this is the picture: 1. Raila Odinga – 6, 703, 549 (51.96%), 2. William Ruto – 6,099,766 (47.28%), 3. George Wajackoyah – 67,422 (0.52%), 4. David Mwaure – 29,673 (0.23%), a few polling stations in Kakamega, Nairobi and Mandera yet to be tallied,” said Suba North MP-elect Millie Mabona.
David Ndii, a strategist iN William Ruto’s team disputed Sifuna’s numbers, arguing that their candidate has won in perceived strongholds and swung Raila’s perceived strongholds of western Kenya hence he will win.
It is worth noting that only the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is mandated to declare the winner of the presidential election after verifying all results received from polling stations.
At the moment, the commission is still verifying the famous form 34A which carries the presidential results from each of the 46,000 polling stations across the country.